Jenne Casarotto, based in London, is one of the world’s top film and theater agents. Casarotto represents the cream of British writing and directing talent through her agency, Casarotto Ramsay  & Associates. Her clients include theatrical lions like Sir David Hare, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Christopher Hampton and the estates of Tennessee Williams and Raold Dahl. Through her agency Casarotto Marsh, Jenne Casarotto supplies the film industry with top behind the scenes tech talent. Six degrees of separation. Casarotto’s affiliate agency in Los Angeles represents the academy award winning costumer designer, Yvonne Blake, who happens to be the sister of Juliet Blake, the talented producer who got my first novel, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, into active film production. Such a small world – when you are amongst The Luvvies, as the English call film and theater types.

This is all a very big wind up to say, Jenne Casarotto very rarely takes on books directly, so I am very lucky and privileged she has picked up BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN, my novel about a repressed Buddhist priest getting published by Scribner in the US on July 17. Jenne Casarotto will be representing my novel’s film rights, as co-agent with my primary agent, Richard Pine of InkWell Management.

The last time Casarotto Ramsay and InkWell joined forces like that on a book they produced something called THE DESCENDANTS, the academy award winning film written and directed by one of my all time favorite writer-directors, Alexander Payne, and starring, of course, the always watchable George Clooney.

As Reverend Oda might say, “I see. How interesting.”

Which is, of course, an absolute rave.

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